Pronunciation: Words Beginning with E Sound

Some words are pronounced with an e or an ee (long e) sound at the beginning, but their initial letters are actually ae- or oe- instead. Examples of this type of word include:

 

aesthetic (UK) – esthetic (US)

aeon (UK) – eon (US)

oestrogen (UK) – estrogen (US)

oesophagus (singular) – oesophagi (plural)

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